Theology blog

This blog is a place to openly discuss and share ideas. All are welcome to participate. It is important to know that these contents do not represent the views of the First Presbyterian Church of Newhall or the greater Presbyterian Church USA. As Presbyterians we are all encouraged to read, study and pray scripture both alone and in community. We are to also pray that we may be guided by the Holy Spirit to live scripture. Paul tells us we must treat each other with humility and gentleness in our disagreements. We may not always be comfortable with divergent ideas, but that’s alright as we journey together learning to follow Christ. Postings are public and will not be anonymous. All postings will first need to be approved by the moderator so they will not appear immediately.

Posted on Apr 12, 2018 in General discussions blog, Theology blog | 0 comments

#MeToo: WHERE WAS THE CHURCH WHEN THE CULTURE LOOKED AWAY FROM SEXUAL ABUSE IN THE WORKPLACE?  by Roland Wrinkle God’s failed lab experiment: Combining testosterone with hubris.  Movie moguls, TV stars, comedians, federal judges, senators, congressmen, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, civil rights icons, and, yes, pastors.  All powerful and influential men accused of career-destroying sexual abuse inflicted on female employees whose careers they held in their mighty hands.  I’m shocked! Not that it happens and is so pervasive, but that we finally got together as a civilization and suddenly declared this blight on our humanness to be really bad and announced that the powerful...

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The Presbyterian Church: Architect of the Anti-Slavery Movement

Posted on Feb 13, 2018 in Theology blog | 0 comments

author – Veronica Patton Intro: Presbyterian Resistance to Slavery   Presbyterians are Anglo-Saxon American settlers who lived by the religious creed: “You shall not hand over to his master a slave who has escaped from his master to you,” (Deuteronomy 23:15) Slavery continued within the U.S. after the transatlantic african slave trade stopped in 1807. Under U.S. slave legislation children born of slaves were automatically slaves; even if they were born in free territory or their father was a white slave master. 18th Century Presbyterians were members of the Church of England in the newly settled American colonies. Once the colonies gained independence from...

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Posted on Jan 9, 2018 in Theology blog | 2 comments

Dear Dad,  I just finished watching my last football game.  I came upstairs to write that this had happened and why. You died 37 years ago at age 68.  I am now 68.  You raised me to love boxing and UCLA football and basketball.  We bonded at the UCLA games and thrilled to the fights at the Olympic Auditorium. On December 15, 1966, you took me to see “The Heavyweight Championship of Los Angeles” between Jerry Quarry and Joey Orbillo.  Quarry knocked out Orbillo.  It’s what you and I shared together. What you may not have heard, however, is that 25 years or so ago I started down a lengthy path which wound up with me reading and studying the Bible constantly.  Gradually I...

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Posted on Mar 9, 2017 in Engagement, Theology blog | 0 comments

by Roland Wrinkle A FOREWORD. This is the first part of a multi-part series, authored by Jack and I (and possibly others) dedicated to exploring the issue of the “General Resurrection of Believers” and whether we have faith in it. Ask yourself this question: When is the last time you particpated in a discussion, listened to a talk , read about or thought about the “General Resuurection? We will cover such matters as: What is the general resurrection? Was Jesus really bodily resurrected? Will we be bodily resurrected? Into what world will we be bodily resurrected? What happens to us when we suffer bodily death? What did the general resurrection mean to the early church?...

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The Biblical Foundation for Why We Do Good Works: Because We Will Be Resurrected to The New Creation Here On Earth

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 in Theology blog | 1 comment

by Roland Wrinkle   I love this “church” (body of the Messiah). I love its members (my family). Perhaps most of all, I love the good works they consistently, tirelessly, ubiquitously, untiringly, obsessively, unselfishly, pridelessly and lovingly do. [It was right here that I started to list the people, offices, committees and such that contribute to the church, the community and the world before I quit in frustration, overwhelmed by the task of merely writing them down. As John said, “But there are also many other things that Jesus did; if every one of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” (John...

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the Lord’s Prayer

Posted on Oct 5, 2016 in Theology blog | 2 comments

What is the difference between using “debts” and “trespasses” in saying the Lord’s prayer?

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Is God’s Love Only Merciful or Is God’s Love Also Full of Justice?

Posted on Jul 4, 2016 in Theology blog | 0 comments

By Jack Irwin, M.Div., Elder, First Presbyterian Church of Newhall, CA (PCUSA) It is my premise that one cannot talk of God’s love as concerned only with mercy, but one must also at the same time speak of God’s love as fully concerned with justice. It is my observation that the emphasis on God’s mercy in some Christian communities ignores God’s concern with justice. Both love AND JUSTICE come equally from the same root of God’s love for God’s Creation. Injustice in Our World We have no doubt that injustice rules around the world? Need I give you examples? People who are hungry Those who have dirty water or no water Those children with no access to education Children who...

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The Resurrection – from a different perspective

Posted on Jul 4, 2016 in Theology blog | 0 comments

by Gary (a non-member of this family of faith) Are our pastors telling us the truth? Are Christian pastors honest with their congregations regarding the evidence for the Resurrection? Is there really a “mountain of evidence” for the Resurrection as our pastors claim or is the belief in the Resurrection based on nothing more than assumptions, second century hearsay, superstitions, and giant leaps of faith? Check out this Christian pastor’s defense of the Resurrection and a review by one of his former parishioners who lost his faith and is now an nonbeliever primarily due to the lack of good evidence for the Resurrection:...

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Posted on Jan 13, 2016 in Theology blog | 0 comments

BECAUSE WE MISREAD (WITH FRIGHTENING CERTAINTY) OUR HOLY TEXTS By Roland Wrinkle “To such heights of evil are men driven by religion”  Lucretius (1st Cent BC) Three months ago, fanatical, fundamentalist leaders of a Wahabist sect (an ultra-conservative branch of Islam; think Saudi Arabia) in Syria commanded and coordinated the murder of 128 innocent folks in Paris, claiming their actions to be “in the name of God.”  They perceived that the Quran dictated as much, based on the decadence found in the City of Lights. Two months ago, a right-wing Christian terrorist walked into a Planned Parenthood office in Colorado Springs and murdered three more innocents, shouting “baby...

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Posted on Nov 2, 2015 in Engagement, Theology blog | 0 comments

by Roland Wrinkle Jesus was not a pessimist. Paul was not a cynic. God is not a doomsayer: Jesus said: “Do not fear.” (Matt. 10:31) and He said it over and over and over again. Paul said: “When the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. ….And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three.” (1 Cor. 13): and “We boast in the hope of the glory of God.”(Romans 5:2) God promised Abraham: “I will bless those who bless you,….and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Gen. 12:3) We profess to follow these...

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Posted on Nov 2, 2015 in Engagement, Theology blog | 0 comments

by Roland Wrinkle Who I am and what I believe do not always align. Indeed, they often clash. Paul confessed to the Romans, “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” He was talking about sin, but I want to talk about our anticipation of the Kingdom of God coming on the wings of Jesus when He returns and all of the fallen cosmos is renewed. “What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see,….What a day, glorious day that will be.” You betcha! Well, yeah, that’ll be great, but let me think about it for just a little bit. WHO I AM: I am as likely to respond to Dorothy’s heels clicking pace to chants of, “There’s no...

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…more on reading the Bible

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 in Theology blog | 0 comments

by Jack Irwin It is touted by all points of view that  each’s  interpretation is based on “what the Bible Says.”  In the following I examine two points of view on how to interpret Scrhipture, which upon review turn out to be very contrary in the paradigm used, which depends upon two fundamental positions:  1. How One Interprets the Scripture and 2.  How One Regards Revelation by the Lord. Besides asking what the Biblical authors meant when they wrote, we need to ask a second question:  How to interpret the meaning of the Bible for ourselves.   It is one exercise to ask what the original author meant within his context.  The follow on task is to ask...

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Posted on Jul 8, 2015 in Theology blog | 1 comment

By Roland Wrinkle I like Paul Revere ‘cause he saved us from people with funny accents and bad food I like Paul Gauguin ‘cause his paintings enthralled with a tropical mood. I like Paul Robeson ‘cause his voice could lift an eagle. I like Paul McCartney ‘cause he was once a beetle. I like Paul Getty ‘cause he had lots of money and lived so lavishly. I like Paul Newman ‘cause he was the Sundance Kid’s Butch Cassidy. I like Paul Blart ‘cause he was a really, really good Mall Cop. I liked Paul Ludwig Hans Anton von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg –that is, until his blimp dropped. But none of these Pauls are the two Pauls I’m talking about. No siree! I’m talk’n...

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How to Read the Bible, PART IV

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 in Theology blog | 0 comments

by Roland Wrinkle - More on the Biblical Genres, Idioms and Rhetorical Devices Used In the Bible In Part III, I opened with this point: HERE’S THE KEY: Look For the Intended Meaning—We All Know What the Words (Translated From Ancient Languages by Others) SAY, But What Do They MEAN? I tried to explain why, in order to understand any particular passage in scripture, we first need to appreciate the genre of literature, rhetorical device or idiom being used. To read all of scripture literally, while ignoring the genre or rhetorical device, will lead to missing the author’s intent, i.e. what he was trying to say. I went over the use of idioms, hyperbole and narratives. Now,...

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How to Read the Bible: By Understanding the Biblical Genres and Rhetorical Devices Used In the Bible

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 in Theology blog | 0 comments

by Roland Wrinkle  – HERE’S THE KEY: Look for the Intended Meaning -We All Know What the Words (Translated from Ancient Languages by Others) SAY, But What Do They MEAN?             “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16. God chose, for what I assume to be pretty good reasons, to use humans to express His eternal truths through scripture. Therefore, we need to figure out where the human author was coming from. (See? Right there. If someone was reading that last sentence a hundred years from now and failed to appreciate the 21st century American idiom, “was coming from,” she’d...

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The Gospel according to Acts

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 in Engagement, Theology blog | 0 comments

by Roland   WHAT IS THE “GOSPEL” PETER AND PAUL PREACHED AND SPREAD? JUST LOOK AT THEIR NINE GOSPEL SERMONS IN ACTS: “WHY IS IT THOUGHT INCREDIBLE BY ANY OF YOU THAT GOD RAISES THE DEAD” [i.e. Failing, Faltering, Floundering Us]? (Paul in Acts) If we are commanded to read and know scripture and to teach and spread the Gospel, is it not critical to answer: “What is the ‘Gospel?’” If we teach, preach, talk and spread the wrong Gospel, isn’t that a big problem? By the same token, if we teach, preach, talk and spread the correct Gospel, then aren’t we fulfilling our role as agents in God’s plan of salvation and restoration? “For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the...

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EASTER: When creations future came bursting into the present

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 in Theology blog | 0 comments

By Roland Wrinkle Is Easter about Lent? Yes. Is Easter about the crucifixion of the Son of God? Yes. Is Easter about Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem? Yes. Is Easter about our Savior rescuing us from the death and destruction of our own sins by forgiving them—all of them? Yes. Is Easter about God’s Man actually dying and then being resurrected from the dead? Yes. Easter is surely about all of this. But (and here’s my point ), Easter is about something more also—something additional, something the bible is always leading us to and pointing towards, something we don’t talk about much—although the bible certainly does. And that is this: Easter is the dawn of God’s new...

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podcast blog

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 in Theology blog | 1 comment

A Questioning Faith: "What is the...

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Posted on Jan 21, 2015 in Theology blog | 0 comments

TAKE LENT INTO THE COMMUNITY: PEACEMAKING IN OUR TIME by Cecil Ramnaraine Jesus said in His Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9) January 19th was Martin Luther King Day, celebrating one of the great Christian peacemakers of our time. Who doesn’t realize that Peacemaking is something needed in our time! We as Christians can learn to be peacemakers and teach others to be peacemakers.   I have written a curriculum that does just this. The curriculum has also been taught in adult education in churches, in teacher training in college, and in high schools in Minnesota.   It is free. It is on-line. I want...

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Three Rabbis, A Big Fish, Russell Crowe And How They All Might Just Teach Us Something About How To Read The Bible

Posted on Jan 10, 2015 in Theology blog | 2 comments

Posted by Roland      The Three Rabbis. Somebody pretty smart once said, “The basic task of exegesis [how to figure out the meaning of biblical passages] is to address, as a whole and in parts, the historical questions: What was the author saying to the readers; and why?  These questions ultimately demand an answer at the broadest level in the form of a hypothesis to be tested against the verse-by-verse details.” It has always seemed to me, that the testing hypothesis can usually be found in the understanding that the great authors of the Old Testament books were great storytellers – invariably living in an oral culture. God is the master storyteller. All of...

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more on Angels

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 in Theology blog | 0 comments

if you want to dive deeper into angels and the bible checkout this sermon by Presbyterian Pastor Dave Ratcliff on the subject.

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Pray for Pope Francis

Posted on Dec 30, 2014 in Theology blog | 1 comment

posted by john favalessa Pope Francis is a good man even though he describes himself as a sinner first. For both Catholics and Protestants we see a man who has modeled his life after the simple message of Jesus Christ – loving one another, not majoring on the doctrine. Instead focusing on the relationship of inclusiveness we see in God’s love and care. Recently, he is going after the political leadership in the Vatican, the Curia, an important but dangerous undertaking. (article below). He needs our prayers. I also recommend a sermon series from Presbyterian Pastor Paul Rock on Pope Francis titled “Jesus, the Pope and a Protestant walk into a bar”. Go all the way to...

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Posted on Dec 29, 2014 in Theology blog | 2 comments

Angels – are there women angels?  Or, are all angels men since the names of all the angels we could think of were men’s names? posted by jangaston – December 25, 2014

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Are we Reading a Different Bible?

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 in Theology blog | 2 comments

by Jack Irwin Below is a good letter titled “Are We Reading a Different Bible?” from Gayla Congdon, who founded Amor Ministries along with her husband Scott, for how to deal with differences by one of the founders of Amor.  Schism, separation.  Even Tom Wright decries the disunity of the modern church.  We would have to look at the basic convictions at people’s most base level.  that is, through what lens to they see everything? Gayla sees it through a certain lens. Those whose mantra (lens) is “The Bible says….” have a different lens. I like what I read recently in a book by Jacques Ellul, the French lawyer, professor and theologian,...

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2014 Family Amor Trip

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 in Theology blog | 0 comments

all families and youth in our community are welcome to come with us October 10th through the 14th (Columbus Day weekend) to build for God’s Kingdom.   Some of us may leave on Friday; some can leave on Monday; some of us will return on Tuesday and some on Monday. We will build a home for a desperately poor family which will bring them hope and change their lives for the better for generations…and you will also be changed for the better in the process.  for more information email John Favalessa at   For more information about Amor Ministries:

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A Meditation on how to exhibit the Fruits of the Holy Spirit without being religious

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 in Theology blog | 0 comments

UPON THE CELEBRATION OF THE BIRTHDAY OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, PENTECOST, JUNE 8, 2014, By Jack Irwin, M. Div., June 3, 2014 1. Who is the Holy Spirit? Pentecost was the birthday of the Christian Church, when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples, as told in Acts 1-2. Life Academy’s Alpha series this spring at First Pres. Newhall has had several lectures by Pastor Nicky Gumble on the Holy Spirit. In fact, the Wed. before our church’s birthday celebration on June 1st, Nicky’s talk was on “Who is the Holy Spirit and What has the Spirit done for us?” 2. Who has heard of the Holy Spirit? Response of some people to Nicky Gumble: we have never heard this teaching before. I...

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more on the NT Wright Convocation

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 in Theology blog | 4 comments

by Jack Irwin Some of NT Wright’s thoughts during the Q and A: 1. The Bible does witness to a bodily resurrection not just of Jesus but of all believers. 2. Bodily means material, physical. It is NOT a “spiritual” resurrection, which is what memorial services seems to make it look like – that is, exactly when you die you are resurrected in a “soulish” form to heaven. 3. He says that human existence is a material body, not a Platonic soul wafting around on clouds in heaven. Material life happens in one place — in physical creation which for us is earth! 4. He quotes many verses in Bible that show that God will redeem earth from...

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Doing Theology in the 21st century

Posted on May 20, 2014 in Theology blog | 0 comments

Reported by Jack Irwin, M.Div., May 16, 2014 DOING THEOLOGY IN THE 21ST CENTURY: VISITING WITH BISHOP (RET.) N.T. WRIGHT, ESTEEMED NEW TESTAMENT SCHOLAR On May 1-3, 2014, we (Art Moore, Carol Cogley, John Favalessa, Judy Carter, Jack Irwin, Tim Knox and John’s friend Rev. David Ratcliff) gathered at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena with 2000 others to hear a wonderful, engaging, and educational series of lectures by Prof. N. Ted Wright. Since 2010 Wright has been Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at St. Andrews University in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is a retired Anglican Bishop in England and previously taught at Oxford and McGill...

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Sermon on the Mount series: Takes on Matthew 6:1-16

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 in Theology blog | 3 comments

by Roland – There is something broader going on here. Notice that Jesus repeatedly uses a distinctive rhetorical  formula, i.e. “They (the hypocrites) have received their reward…… But you will receive your reward.” What is he referring to when he says, rather strangely, “they have received their reward”?”The Jews had always expected God to establish his kingdom on this earth. This had always been Israel’s eschatological hope and expectation. Throughout the entire sermon on the mount, Jesus is announcing the coming of his father’s kingdom on earth ( as it is in heaven)–announcing the inauguration of a new world order,...

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Growing in Christ

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 in Theology blog | 0 comments

by Terry Neven – As Presbyterians, specifically those of us who identify with being redeemed by the blood of Christ, the New Covenant doesn’t give us the luxury of doing whatever we want.  Just because certain things seem to yield favorable results, does not mean the Lord is pleased with our involvement in them. We must be vigilant to obey the Lord, guide our heart and life to conform to His Word, and make sure we are interpreting scripture with scripture, not by our personal experiences or pet social philosophies. The spiritual strength of a local church is not measured solely by the connectedness of its loving members, one to another, or its wonderful programs,...

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Sermon on the Mount series: Takes on Matthew 5:38-48

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 in Theology blog | 3 comments

by Roland Matt 38-48   (Preface to Everything: It seems to me…….) The Beatitudes make sense if viewed through the lens of Jesus ANNOUNCING a New World Order in fulfillment of His Father’s master Plan to restore fallen creation—a setting of the world to rights (i.e. right-side up). Expectations and business as usual are upset (just like the moneychanger’s table). God is now starting to take charge on his way to becoming All in All.  The anthropological history of mimesis, disregard of the Other and mimetic violence will give way as God finally becomes king. The beatitudes are necessary because you can’t tell the players without a (new and unexpected) score card....

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Sermon on the Mount series: Takes on Matthew 5:17-32

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 in Theology blog | 5 comments

TAKES ON Matthew 5:17-32 by Roland 17 ‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.  The “law and the prophets” was an idiom (or shorthand for the entirety of scripture).  He came not to abolish:  Get behind me you supercessionists.  He came to fulfill all the promises of the scriptures—not abolish them and start some new religion or spiritual project or announce some new plan of God’s to renew the fallen world.  The original plan was still in place and effective—every jot, tittle, commandment and promise. It’s just that it was working out in very unexpected ways (so unexpected that the Wrinkles and Barnes...

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God’s Plan for our good and for our future (Jer 29:11)

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 in Theology blog | 0 comments

I thought about the sermon text today:  Jer. 29. (given by Rev Dr Bill Barnes 02/24/14) and I asked myself:  What did God mean by his plan for good? When God said, I have plans for you, for your good and for your welfare … but just wait in Babylon, a while, while in exile, that he would  bring them out back to the land to prosper them… (notice, what I think, Jeremiah gives as a condition in the fulfillment of the prophecy: only after they seek God with their whole heart.) I was wondering what “good plans” does God have?  Like a person I met at a wedding on Saturday who told me how God had led them to purchase a second house on the big island of...

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Old Testament Worldview, murder & war

Posted on Feb 16, 2014 in Theology blog | 6 comments

Roland, I am intrigued by your comments that there is new historical evidence that, in fact, Bonhoeffer was wrongfully accused of plotting to assassinate Hitler, which we have all believed was justified.  But you asked how could Bonhoeffer participate in actual attempt to assassinate Hitler if he believed in the radical worldview of the Christian faith?  You could not reconcile Bonhoeffer’s alleged participation with your Christian worldview. But this subject brings up more than just murder. There is an entire world view in the ENTIRE Christian Bible, not just relegated to the Old Testament, OT, that God is sovereign and watches over not just the affairs of people...

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the Resurrection of the Believers

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 in Theology blog | 2 comments

By Jack Irwin  (Revised 2.2.2014)  I am reading the well-written book The Cross Is Not Enough: Living as Witnesses to the Resurrection by the Australian theologians Ross Clifford and Philip Johnson, published by Baker Books in 2012.   Clifford and Johnson decry the Western Church’s failure to include the resurrection as the major buttress of faith, and they commented that the “heaven” preached by the church at large today is really a Gnostic idea of heaven.  In Gnosticism salvation means that what is called the “separate soul” is released from the material body at death to return to the spiritual existence from which it originally came.  This view of “heaven” as the...

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Fool’s Paradise

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 in Theology blog | 4 comments

By Jack Irwin – My Blog for Jan. 26, 2014:  Fool’s Paradise There are a lot of hypocrites all over the town, the state, the nation, and the world.  Everyone seems to be an expert on determining who is a hypocrite.  If you were to ask what is the best way of assessing whether someone, or the position they hold, is true, you would get out your “hypocrite meter!”  Our culture prides itself in discovering and bringing down those who are hypocrites.  Aren’t the changing-position-according-to-the-pole politicians hypocrites?  Aren’t those racist Christians hypocrites? Aren’t those atheists who admit to the uniqueness of mother earth hypocrites?  To say it another way,...

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Have we gotten heaven all wrong?

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 in Theology blog | 2 comments

By John Favalessa – recently Jack Irwin shared a article featuring N.T. Wright and his thoughts about heaven.  My thoughts on this article will be posted as a comment later.   “And so it’s not a Platonic, timeless eternity, which is what we were all taught,” Wright said. “It is very definitely that there will come a time when God will utterly transform this world – that will be the age to come.” The oft-cliched Christian notion of heaven – a blissful realm of harp-strumming angels – has remained a fixture of the faith for centuries. Even as arguments will go on as to who will or won’t be “saved,” surveys show that a vast majority Americans believe that...

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Posted on Jan 12, 2014 in Theology blog | 0 comments

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How the American Church Took “Christ” Out Of Christmas

Posted on Jan 9, 2014 in Theology blog | 0 comments

By Roland Wrinkle Last month, Jack wrote in this space about a little bit of a different take on Advent, i.e. that Advent is more than the run-up to Christmas but should really be viewed as including Christmas to Easter to Resurrection to Ascension.  So, now, we will be celebrating Epiphany—the manifestation of the incarnation of God and the recognition by the gentile (non-Jewish) world, in the person of the Magi, of the birth of the King of Israel.  This brings me to my little bit of a different take on Christmas itself.  In reading what follows, it might be helpful to keep in mind that, in the New Testament, the word “epiphany” is used in 2 Timothy 1:10 to refer...

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New Year

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 in Theology blog | 0 comments

Jack Irwin – My Blog for the New Year. Already the “New” Year seems old.  Did you ever have that feeling, too?  I am back to my old schedule, my old work, my old bills, my old relationships.  But it’s only the sixth – and I don’t mean the sixth month, the sixth week.  I mean only the sixth day of the so-called “New” year.  What’s so new about it?  What have I to live for, for the next 359 days? I heard the Pastor say in Sunday’s sermon that we have plenty to live for, and we shouldn’t feel old about life ahead of us.  I heard the Pastor say that the Holy Spirit gives us a direction, a nudge, a nod – or maybe even pushes us off our comfortable pews.  I even heard...

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the Millenials

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 in Theology blog | 0 comments

post by Jack Irwin     My blog for Sunday, Dec. 15th, as I sit at home this morning, nursing a stiff back and saving energy for the wonderful Chancel Choir’s Christmas Concert this afternoon. I read the paper every day.  Maybe this is an anachronistic activity, but it is something I have done most of my life since college, since I feel it connects me with the world. For my students in the construction courses that I teach at College of the Canyons, I bring in articles from the paper about construction failures, accidents and other related articles that appear in the paper.  I want to encourage my students to be aware of the construction world out there, beyond the...

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Posted on Dec 31, 2013 in Theology blog | 2 comments

Posted by Jack Irwin Again, today I was reading my Daily News as I was eating my warm oatmeal.  And right on the front page were two examples of people and organizations who persevered in pursuing faith, justice and mercy.  Wow!  Can you recognize religion on the front page?  Or, if it does not use the words “religion,”  “Jesus Christ,” “Christianity” or “church” is this religion veiled to you? One article was titled “World bids farewell to a “giant of justice” — Nelson Mandela laid to rest yesterday in his home village of Qunu, South Africa.  Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the UN, praised...

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